Friday, January 21, 2011

Navigation restrictions at K&A Canal gateway

Netham lock gate replacement work
Netham Lock looking towards the Avon from the Harbour Feeder channel: Picture by Martyn Pattison©

The 50 year old lock gates at Netham Lock at the junction of the River Avon and the Feeder Canal to Bristol Harbour are to be replaced at a cost of £400,000 as part of  an £11 million flood defence plan to protect Bristol's Floating Harbour.

Work begins on Monday January 31st 2011 and is expected to be finished by Friday 15 April 2011. During that time there will be some restriction to entry and departure from the harbour.

Aside from the usual restrictions caused by high water levels at Spring tides and the general water levels on the River Avon at this time of year - there will be delays or stoppages because of the work.

Bristol Harbour Master's NOTICE TO MARINERS No27/11 advises; "It will only be possible to enter, or depart, from the Floating Harbour when ‘a level’ is achieved between the Floating Harbour and River.  At times of de-commissioning or installation of gates or when the River is ‘in spate’ it will not be possible to navigate through Netham Lock."

You can get up to date information from the Duty Officer on 07584140718 or VHF CH 73 call sign “Netham Lock” during operating hours.

The advice from the Harbourmaster's office is:" Plan carefully, with adequate notice of passage through Netham Lock as delays can be expected."

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